home from afghanistan and shared what independence day means to him. >>> an escort for a u.s. marine. riley walter, his hometown street filled with family and friends. in the driveway a hand shape and a hug from dad. >> probably the proudest guy in town right now. >> reporter: and a long awaited kiss from his high school sweetheart. >> it was one of the greatest feelings, just being home. i'm just really glad to be home. >> reporter: riley welter comes home on a holiday weekend when the nation is said to celebrate the red, white and blue. and this young 19-year-old man knows even more now the importance of independence day. >> it makes me more proud, it love serving this country, our great nation. we were doing great things over there. >> your service, our freedom. >> reporter: patriot writer penat is a veteran himself with a son of his own in the service. >> we need to celebrate more as far as old glory, the red white and blue. god bless america, you are here in the land of the free. because of the brave. >> lance corporal walter served seven months in afghanistan, second batallion.